For the Children’s Sake is an important read for DIY homeschool moms whose efforts are aimed at something bigger than a generic education for their children. Review.
Rich literature can become the backbone of our child’s education. A living book carries the main ideas, but presents them in an interesting, engaging, and memorable way! Here are 5 reasons to use living books: 1. Living Books Improve Our Skills By engaging with the books we read, we practice reading, thinking, writing, and understanding. […]
We all want our homeschooling days to be smooth and easy. Sonya Shafer of Simply Charlotte Mason explains that smooth and easy days start with good habits. Think about it: character is a result of habit. If a person is known for being truthful—having a truthful character—it’s because he is habitually truthful, not truthful only […]
Back in our early days of homeschooling, when the Internet was still getting off the ground, one of the first sources I found for information on Charlotte Mason was Deborah Taylor-Hough. Granted, every Charlotte Mason “expert” has her own bent — and granted, we learn more about Charlotte Mason by reading her in her own […]
Looking for simplicity? Use this three-pronged approach to building a better learner.
Those familiar with Charlotte Mason will also be familiar with a book of centuries — a blank timeline that fits inside a notebook. Timelines are a wonderful way to keep track of people, places, and events as we read about them, whether in the area of science, history, art, music, or other interests. A book […]
While there are several guides and other contemporary writings that draw from Charlotte Mason’s works, none will give you a better idea of how to implement her ideas in your home than reading the original works yourself. If you are ready to dive in, you may be interested in legitimate original downloadable versions of the […]
Dr. Mary Hood is one of our favorite homeschool mentors. We learned what it meant to learn how to learn by reading The Relaxed Home School years and years ago. Personally, I’ve had too much experience with students who learn material, pass tests, and promptly forget everything to place my main focus on temporarily filling […]
The Understanding or Comprehension level (Bloom’s Taxonomy) encompasses the ability to take in information, understand it, and be able to restate the information in our own words. Many homeschool moms already incorporate the Understanding or Comprehension tool of narration. (Some may rightly conclude that narration also encompasses some of the other levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.) […]
Yes, they must learn to write their letters and practice their handwriting. But “writing” is more than the simple mechanics of holding a pencil. Here are a few writing suggestions for the younger student as he develops his mechanical skills: Tracing. One way for a younger student to practice his handwriting is to trace the […]
Science for Beginners by Delos Fall was published in 1917 by World Book Company. The author felt there was a need for a science text that would allow students to engage in the scientific method unhindered, providing them with the tools to: acquire the habit of gaining information for themselves. This very well describes a […]
If you are interested in pursuing nature study with your children, hopefully you found at least one or two useful ideas in our post, 10 Ideas for Nature Study. But sometimes you just have to see something in action to understand how to implement it. If this describes you, you might enjoy Pocketful of Pinecones: […]